Member News

Metro Stakeholder Update: Product Stewardship for Household Hazardous Waste

24 Feb 2016

Metro held its first stakeholder meeting on product stewardship for HHW on January 25th. The meeting covered the challenges of HHW, defined extended producer responsibility and outlined how it could be used for HHW.

The meeting also covered Metro’s Approach to EPR for HHW and provided an in-depth overview of Oregon Bill HB 3251-1 as well as a facilitated discussion covering the scope of covered products, program financing, and program performance.

The intention of the discussion was to help clarify the intent of the legislation and identify areas of stakeholder concern.

WestRock to Permanently Close Newberg Mill

29 Jan 2016

The Newberg Graphic reports that the former SP Fiber Tech mill, which was purchased by WestRock Co. and idled indefinitely last year, is now permanently closed.

210 mill employees were laid off in mid-November, and the last 15-20 employees who have been burning up the remainder of the hog fuel in the boiler and preparing for the facility shut down have been let go as well.


Oregon stakeholder meetings on EPR for HHW

12 Jan 2016

Oregon stakeholder meetings on EPR for HHW
In 2015, Metro, the regional government in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, drafted a statewide concept bill under which manufacturers selling designated products such as pesticides, solvents, and flammable liquids into the state would be responsible for providing stewardship programs for the collection and proper management of waste from those products.